You will know it here! According to Larry Morrow, who works as the troop projects coordinator for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works, one of the most recent troop projects for the year 2022 involved the construction of new office buildings for use in training at the Logistical Support Area Liberty on North Post. Meanwhile, workers are getting close to finishing the U.S. 98/SR158 highway corridor in Mobile County, which runs from the Alabama/Mississippi state line to Interstate 65 in the city of Mobile. This comes despite the fact that the project got off to a rocky start and then stalled for ten years. Furthermore, the Esperanza Community is currently in the process of developing a facility that will house transitory shelters. Over and above that, one of Nashville’s tallest new towers reaches its peak. Portman and Creed Investment Company will celebrate the topping out of the 16-story Moore Building.

Multiple units work on the LSA Liberty office building project at Fort McCoy

Original Source: Troop project creating office buildings at Fort McCoy’s LSA Liberty sees work by multiple units

By the end of July, after Warrior Exercise 78-22-02, one building was mostly built, the floor of another was placed, and foundation footings for others were created at Liberty, a former tactical training base.

Morrow: “We’ll build six buildings.” Each office structure has two 24-by-30-foot rooms and a 9-by-10-foot office.

Army Reserve men from Pewaukee, Wis., began work on the buildings in June. Des Moines, Iowa’s 389th Engineer Battalion also helped.

In July, soldiers from the 412th Engineer Vertical Construction Company of Scranton, Penn., and 390th Engineer Battalion of Chattanooga, Tenn., continued the project at Fort McCoy during Warrior Exercise 78-22-02.

2nd Lt. Donovan McCaskill of the 390th said troop projects like the Liberty office building helped his unit’s soldiers “become proficient in our warrior and engineer jobs.”

Two more Army Reserve engineering companies are working on the project in August during the 86th Training Division Combat Support Training Exercise 86-22-02.

By the end, we should have two buildings, ” added Morrow. The 716th completed interior work on the first building, and the 996th will work on the second.

The Army Reserve engineer battalions supported other projects from June through August, Morrow said. “But this Liberty project is one of the biggest this year,” he remarked.

Morrow appreciates the assistance he gets for Fort McCoy troop projects.

Many engineering personnel wouldn’t get the training they need without these initiatives, and Fort McCoy wouldn’t benefit from their efforts to improve training ranges and quality-of-life programs.

389th Engineer Battalion Sgt. Tyler Goodman said his unit’s soldiers were glad to help at Fort McCoy in June. “It’s exciting to help McCoy,” he remarked.

Fort McCoy’s motto is “Total Force Training Center.” Fort McCoy is Wisconsin’s only U.S. Army installation.

Since 1984, the base has supported and supplied training facilities for more than 100,000 military personnel from all services. 

Crews resume highway corridor project after 10-year hiatus

Original Source: Crews Continue Important Highway Corridor Project After 10-Year Lull

ALDOT oversees the $114 million project, which primarily serves Alabama and Mississippi drivers.

“The existing route acts as an east/west connector for the middle and northern half of the county, connecting much of Mississippi and other Southeastern states to I-65 and I-10 to Alabama beaches and Florida,” stated Jenifer Eubanks, ALDOT assistant construction engineer, SW area, Mobile. This new limited access road will reduce stop-and-go traffic, which causes unpredictable speeds and more crashes.

The corridor will supposedly reduce accidents and traffic fatalities by limiting on-and-off locations. It will improve site distance and reduce dramatic horizontal and vertical curves, including those on bigger roads.

Following a BP oil leak settlement, 98/158 corridor work resumed in 2017. Multiple developments are due by summer 2024.

Many paving and bridge-building contractors are on the job. Tanner Construction, John G. Walton Construction, H. O. Weaver & Sons, McInnis Construction, HCL Contracting, and Mobile Asphalt Company, Inc.

According to ALDOT, the 14-mile corridor will allow highway use. Summer beach traffic congests U.S. 98. Commuters and locals from various small towns use the route. Two-lane rural roadway called “Bloody 98” due to crash-related injuries and deaths.

ALDOT completed the first of numerous projects to shift most traffic to a safer, four-lane divided facility in 2007. The first 8-mile project traversed wetlands and streams. The project was split between the Escatawpa River and Big Creek. Big Creek supplies Big Creek Lake, a major drinking water source for Mobile.

The project polluted construction and stormwater. Escatawpa’s beaches were covered in clay, and Big Creek Lake lost its reputation for safe drinking water. The project faced lawsuits, regulatory action, and popular frustration. After cleaning, restoration, and regulatory compliance, funds to complete the corridor ran out. Work was indefinitely delayed.

With construction resuming, the outlook is brighter. “Muddy 98” has impacted construction.

“The original corridor project was a classic cut-and-fill that moved a lot of material in a short ROW,” said Eubanks.

The initiative modified ALDOT’s stormwater programs.

Tony Cooper, stormwater coordinator for ALDOT’s Mobile region construction section, said past projects prompted the department to reevaluate its procedures. Instead of taking a reactive approach, we got involved in the design process and limited our overall exposure by minimizing our footprint during construction, bridging wetlands instead of using invasive culverts, and focusing on how the contractor could best construct the different project elements using best management practices instead of the standard silt fence and wattles.

Along with money and public opinion, crews had to reconsider erosion management and stormwater quality. Once the design and funds were approved, construction resumed rather smoothly.

Grading, pavement, drain, base, and bridge work are underway. Roadwork and stormwater compliance are complete.

Construction is 75% done. Demolition has largely involved removing unclassified highways to build bridges and overpasses. Trailer homes and septic tanks were demolished.

“Shoulder grading and paving are continuing, but they’re close to Big Creek Lake and recent rain,” added Cooper. “Recent excavation work progressed swiftly as trackhoes loaded unclassified material in a limited location.” 25 dump trucks removed material from a 7-acre area.

The seven projects will transfer 1,304,000 cu. yds. of Glenwood Bridge, Jones Road site work, and the remainder of general pavement.

Cooper said crews have battled material and labor shortages and the weather.

Rainfall is the leading cause of building delays in the area, but so far we’ve received our average of 67 inches per year. Most rain predictions are accounted for in project building time.

Cranes, dozers, trackhoes, and vehicles are on-site. Borrow and unclassified soils; concrete and steel for bridges; asphalt and crushed aggregate base for roads; and sod for stability.

Keeping many projects on schedule prevents one from harming another. Motorists who want the U.S. 98/SR158 expansion project finished are eagerly awaiting its conclusion.

Of the challenges, Cooper’s objective is clear.

Crews increase roadway users’ safety and mobility.

Eubanks added, “It’s always good to complete a project that enhances the community, no matter the size, but bringing prior work and aspirations to fruition is a plus.”

“We’re proud of this route’s progress and look forward to opening the long-awaited corridor to reduce congestion and safety for locals and everyone.” CEG

Businesses help nonprofits develop transitional homeless houses

Original Source: Businesses help nonprofit build transitional shelter at sanctioned homeless encampment

Local business leaders joined TOOF to contribute funds and manpower for the project.

TOOF founder and executive director Chris Baker said, “These primary meeting areas will provide a place where individuals can get food, hygiene facilities, and establish community.”

Esperanza Community members like Ty Benoit feel at home there.

“I came during the Corona pandemic.” No one was hiring.” I had nowhere to go, so I ended up here,” he added. “It’s a nice bouncing board here because living on the street, under a bridge, or on the sidewalk has limited resources and atmosphere.

The Other Ones Foundation began the project in southeast Austin in September. Most of the subterranean work is done.

According to a news release, the first of four covered common areas is being built this week. Crews have also constructed several of the site’s 200 transitional shelter units.

Kip Lewis, founder of a local business giving to the initiative, has a personal connection.

It’s nice to see so many people donate. All of us who have offered time and energy to this project have a common thread: someone close to us has suffered extreme poverty or homelessness. “This project is my way of memorializing my high school friend, who died homeless and was one of Austin’s best athletes. We hope this project will.

Most funding has come through private partnerships, said Baker.

“But since we’ve demonstrated we can do it, the city, county, and state have all stepped up,” he said.

A city official said Austin backs the initiative. In this week’s budget, $62.5 million is committed to reducing homelessness.

Nashville’s Moore Building tops out

Original Source: Nashville’s Moore Building reaches topping-out point

The tallest new building in Nashville’s Midtown neighborhood has reached its peak. National developer Portman and Creed Investment Company will commemorate the Moore Building topping out. In February 2023, construction will end.

The Moore Building has 236,000 square feet of Class-A office space on 27,500-square-foot floor plates. The office tower has a sky lobby that leads to an 11,000-square-foot outdoor deck, a 35-person conference room, a tenant lounge, and a fitness center. On the ground floor, 8,500 square feet of retail will spill onto walkways.

On Nashville’s Music Row, the Moore Building honors Elvis Presley’s guitarist, Scotty Moore. The tower will have Elvis and Scotty memorabilia from Moore’s Music City Recorders studio. The Moore Building is in one of Nashville’s most walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, close to The Gulch, Edge Hill, Green Hills, and West End.

Portman is developing the Moore Building alongside Creed Investment Company, an office and retail giant. Hoar Construction is the GC. The project was financed by a U.S. bank. The architect is Nashville’s Greshman Smith. CBRE handles office leasing.

In addition to the Moore Building, Portman is working on Eleven North and Ballpark Village.

Portman is redeveloping a 10-acre housing campus in The Gulch into a connected mixed-use attraction. Next to Asurion’s HQ and Amazon’s new towers, the project will link North Gulch and mid-Gulch. With direct access to the Gulch Greenway trail, Eleven North will establish additional pedestrian paths to Gulch neighborhoods.

Portman is building Ballpark Village, a 363-unit complex overlooking the Nashville Sounds’ First Horizon Park in Germantown. Notable features include an expansion of the Cumberland River Greenway and 17,000 square feet of chef-driven restaurant concepts.

Summary of today’s construction news

It is most likely that you have enjoyed reading and learning from the news. Meanwhile, “Total Force Training Center” is the official slogan of Fort McCoy. There is just one other U.S. Army post outside of California or Hawaii, and that is Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Over the past 34 years since its opening in 1984, the facility has provided training and support for over one hundred thousand service members.

Furthermore, ALDOT is in charge of the $114 million endeavor, which primarily benefits motorists in the states of Alabama and Mississippi. According to Jenifer Eubanks, ALDOT’s assistant construction engineer for the SW area in Mobile, “the existing route acts as an east/west connector for the middle and northern half of the county, connecting much of Mississippi and other Southeastern states to I-65 and I-10 to Alabama beaches and Florida.”

In addition to this, a press release states that this week will see the construction of the first of four covered communal areas. The property will eventually feature 200 temporary housing units, several of which have already been built by the crews. An Austin official has expressed the city’s support for the plan. Sixty-two and a half million dollars were allocated in this week’s budget to help with homelessness.

On top of that, Portman is currently working on a number of projects, including the Moore Building, Eleven North, and Ballpark Village. In order to create a connected mixed-use destination, Portman is redeveloping a 10-acre housing campus that is located in The Gulch. In Germantown, Portman is now constructing Ballpark Village, a residential community that will include 363 units with a view of First Horizon Park, which is home to the Nashville Sounds baseball team.